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  • ISIS to Execute 180 Assyrian Christians After Negotiations Break Down

    10/13/2015 7:18:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/12/15 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Islamic State terror group claims it will be executing 180 Assyrian Christians who were kidnapped in mass raids in February, after negotiators failed to meet the jihadists' high asking price to free the hostages.ARA News reported on Monday that the terror group is asking for $12 million for the release of the Assyrians, a sum deemed "unbearable" for the community."The negotiations, led by Bishop Ephrem Otnaial, head of the Church of the East in Syria, have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group," revealed Osama Edward, director of the Assyrian Human Rights Network."ISIS threatened to...
  • Dear America, please don’t choose Donald Trump (Daniel Hannan)

    10/13/2015 7:08:54 PM PDT · by Isara · 34 replies
    CAPX ^ | 13 October 2015 | Daniel Hannan
    Like many bullies, Donald Trump has a dishing-it-out-but-not-taking-it problem. He has systematically insulted the other Republican presidential candidates, often in the crudest, most foul-mouthed way. But he goes ballistic at the slightest criticism. When, for example, Rich Lowry, the highly respected editor of the National Review, observed that Carly Fiorina had emasculated him with the precision of a surgeon – a pretty unarguable conclusion, by the way – he called on the regulators to fine Lowry and ban him from television. Lowry, he added rather lamely, was “a bad guy”.And yet, incredibly, Trump continues to lead the Republican field by...
  • The Warsaw ghetto uprising: Armed Jews vs. Nazis

    10/13/2015 10:43:27 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | David Kopel
    During World War II, 30,000 Jewish partisans fought in Eastern Europe, in their own combat units. In Western Europe, where anti-semitism among the conquered gentile population was less severe, Jews were able to participate as individuals in the national resistance, rather than having to fight in separate units. For example, in France, Jews amounted to less than one percent of French population, but comprised about 15 to 20 percent of the French Resistance. One of the most successful battles of the Jewish resistance was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Nearly every Jew who participated was eventually killed — but they were...
  • Turkey warns U.S., Russia against backing Kurdish militia in Syria

    10/13/2015 7:53:35 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    WTAQ ^ | 10-13-2015 | Orhan Coskun
    Turkey has warned the United States and Russia it will not tolerate Kurdish territorial gains by Kurdish militia close to its frontiers in north-western Syria, two senior officials said. "This is clear cut for us and there is no joking about it," one official said of the possibility of Syrian Kurdish militia crossing the Euphrates to extend control along Turkish borders from Iraq's Kurdistan region towards the Mediterranean coast. Turkey fears advances by Kurdish YPG militia, backed by its PYD political wing, on the Syrian side of its 900 km (560-mile) border will fuel separatist ambitions among Kurds in its...
  • 350 Lashes for a British Grandfather is the Cost of doing Business with Saudi Arabia

    10/13/2015 9:06:35 AM PDT · by Cecily · 39 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | October 13, 2015 | James Kirup
    First things first. I’m not in any way condoning the act of mediaeval barbarity that the Saudi authorities are reportedly planning to inflict on Karl Andree, a 74-year-old British citizen. It’s savagery dressed up as justice, plain and simple. And yet. We have to be realistic about this case, and about our dealings with Saudi Arabia. Bluntly, 350 lashes for a British grandfather is the cost of doing business with the Saudis.
  • The Uncowardly Lioness

    10/12/2015 10:33:28 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 13 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Mark Steyn
    Young Margaret at right, with her sister Muriel, her mum Beatrice and her dad Alfred Roberts in his robes as Alderman of Grantham Ninety years ago today - October 13th 1925 - Margaret Hilda Roberts was born in Grantham, an English market town in the East Midlands. Raised in a flat above her father's grocery shop, she grew up to become a research chemist, a barrister, and finally a politician - and one of the rare consequential ones, those who shape events as opposed just to stringing along with them. Mrs Thatcher's success bred a lot of resentment, not least...
  • UK Denies Alleged Policy Allowing to Strike Russian Jets in Middle East

    10/12/2015 10:14:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    UK Denies Alleged Policy Allowing to Strike Russian Jets in Middle East 03:35 13.10.2015(updated 06:29 13.10.2015) The British defense ministry put an end to speculation that circulated in the media recently over the ability – and preparedness – of the Royal Air Force to start downing Russian jets in the Middle East. British defense officials denied reports that Tornado aircraft in the Royal Air Force, which are carrying out air raids in Iraq, are now being equipped with air-to-air missiles, capable of hitting Russian jets in theory, BBC reported. Prior to this revelation, the tabloid Daily Star reported that British...
  • Obama Won't Back Down After Chinese Threat, Sends U.S. Warships [Trunc]

    10/12/2015 10:04:25 AM PDT · by amorphous · 99 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    On Friday, we reported the latest provocation in what has truly become a very dangerous, if largely pointless, staring contest between Beijing and Washington over China’s reclamation of land in The South China Sea. Responding to suggestions that the US was set to sail warships around the islands Beijing has constructed atop reefs in the Spratlys, China served noticed that it would “never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight.” This was simply a formalized version of the more concise phrasing the PLA...
  • Witnesses of UK Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes ‘Refusing to Help’

    10/12/2015 5:30:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Monday, 12 October 2015 | Ben Flanagan
    A British Muslim woman doused with alcohol on train; another whose hijab was pulled off before she suffered a hail of kicks and punches; yet another dubbed an “ISIS sympathizer” by a racist assailant who wanted to “blow her face off”. All are shocking examples of rising Islamophobic attacks in parts of the UK. But these cases are also examples of where onlookers or police refused to act in the face of such incidents, a new report says. Researchers from Birmingham City and Nottingham Trent universities have found that a “public refusal to help” was common in several hate attacks...
  • Judges plan to outlaw climate change 'denial’

    10/12/2015 3:31:51 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 39 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/11/2015 | Christopher Booker
    ... Including senior judges and lawyers from across the world, the three-day conference on “Climate Change and the Law” was staged in London’s Supreme Court. It was funded, inter alia, by the Supreme Court itself, the UK government and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). ... The purpose of this strange get-together was outlined in a keynote speech (visible on YouTube) by Philippe Sands, a QC from Cherie Blair’s Matrix Chambers and professor of law at University College, London. Since it is now unlikely that the world will agree in Paris to a legally binding treaty to limit the rise...
  • Is it a criminal offense to tweet 'Kill All White Men'?

    10/12/2015 3:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 12, 2015 | Dan Hannan
    Last week, the "welfare and diversity officer" at Goldsmiths College in London was charged with sending an offensive message. Bahar Mustafa, 28, had posted a Tweet with the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen. As so often, the police couldn't tell the difference between between a repugnant remark and an incitement to violence, and Ms. Mustafa will appear before magistrates next month. Now Ms. Mustafa comes across as a pretty unsympathetic character. She caused a fuss earlier this year when she banned men and white women from a student union event. "If you've been invited and you're a man and/or white PLEASE DON'T COME,"...
  • Christie would shoot down Russian planes, commit U.S. troops vs. ISIS in Syria

    10/12/2015 2:45:32 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 75 replies ^ | October 12, 2015 | Claude Brodesser-Akner
    GOP presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie savaged President Obama's escalation-averse foreign policy in Syria this morning, saying he would create a "no-fly" zone in the areas where Russian air strikes have targeted U.S.-supported insurgent groups and even commit U.S. ground forces against ISIS. On Fox News, Christie said the first thing Christie would do in Syria would be to "call Putin, and tell him, 'Listen, we're enforcing a no-fly zone against everyone, and that includes you, so: Don't test me.'" "And then he flies through your territory?" asked host Martha MacCallum. "You take him down," answered Christie, without hesitation. "You...
  • Turkey threatens the major prospects for Eastern Med gas supply (Beware Russia blocking Med gas)

    10/12/2015 7:34:22 AM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 6 replies
    Security Europe ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ariel Cohen
    As Europe seeks to diversify its sources of natural gas as an alternative to the politically sensitive Russian supply, a massive off-shore gas source in the Mediterranean is ready for exploration and drilling. There are game-changing stakes at play. Unfortunately, the Turkish leadership has threatened to use force to stop this from happening. Last October, Turkey sent the BARBAROS, its geophysics exploration ship, accompanied by naval vessels, into the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone waters. In November 2014, Turkish naval commander Admiral Bülent Bostanoğlu threatened the use of force against Greece, while speaking on board a Turkish naval corvette in Greek...
  • Syria Kurds, Arabs form joint military force

    10/12/2015 1:16:57 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Unknown
    Syria's leading Kurdish militia and several Arab rebel groups that have fought alongside it have formalised their alliance in a new group called the Syrian Democratic Forces. The formation of the alliance comes after Washington said it was abandoning a plan to train and equip rebels to fight the Islamic State group and could provide the US with a new partner in the battle against the jihadist group. The alliance was announced in a statement published online by a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). "The sensitive stage through which our country Syria is passing and the rapid...
  • Syrian Kurds, Arab Rebels and Assyrians Form New Alliance

    10/12/2015 12:41:43 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 6 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 12 Oct 15 | Jack Moore
    A U.S.-backed Syrian-Kurdish militia, a number of Arab rebel groups and an Assyrian Christian group in Syria have formed a coalition to build a democratic representation for a number of moderate parties within Syria, according to a statement seen by Reuters on Monday. The new alliance, which is calling itself the Democratic Forces of Syria, includes the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that beat back the Islamic State (ISIS) with the support of U.S. airstrikes in the Syrian-Kurdish border town of Kobani earlier this year. The YPG continues to battle the radical Islamist group in areas of northeastern Syria and...
  • Trump: German Chancellor Merkel is 'insane'

    10/12/2015 9:36:37 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 55 replies ^ | 10/12/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Has German Chancellor Angela Merkel lost her mind?Based on her decision to accept upwards of 1 million refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and other jihadist hotbeds, Donald Trump says the German leader is definitely ‘insane.”Republican front-runner for Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump “They’re going to have riots in Germany,” the GOP presidential hopeful said in an interview Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation.  “I always thought Merkel was, like, this great leader. What she’s done in Germany is insane. It’s insane… letting in that many people.”“I’ve been watching this migration. And I see the people. I mean, they’re men, they’re mostly...
  • Facebook paid £4,327 corporation tax in 2014

    10/12/2015 8:58:05 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/12/2015 | BBC Business
    Its most recent Companies House filing shows the company as making a pre-tax loss of £28.5m last year, but the firm also paid its 362 UK staff a total of £35.4m in share bonuses. The share bonuses amount to £96,000 on average per UK Facebook employee. It means Facebook's UK corporation tax bill was less than the tax the average UK employee paid on their salary. The average UK salary is £26,500 on which employees pay a total of £5,392.80 in income tax and national insurance contributions. In January, Facebook reported global fourth-quarter profits of $701m (£462m), a 34% increase...
  • UK should 'enforce Syria no-fly zone even if Russia vetoes UN resolution'

    10/12/2015 9:54:38 AM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12 October 2015 | Patrick Wintour
    Britain and its western allies should be prepared to enforce a no-fly zone inside Syria to protect refugees even if Russia vetoes a UN resolution, the Labour co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on Syria has said. Jo Cox, working in conjunction with the former Conservative international development secretary Andrew Mitchell, is pressing the British government to develop a new comprehensive diplomatic political and military strategy focused on protecting Syrian civilians against attacks both by Isis and Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad.
  • Syria's Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia

    10/12/2015 8:45:44 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 35 replies ^ | 10/9/2015 7:24:00 AM | Fabrice Balanche
    Syria's Kurds Are Contemplating an Aleppo Alliance with Assad and Russia 10/9/2015 7:24:00 AM Fabrice Balanche ..............Currently, the Syrian army still controls a third of Aleppo, which is connected to the rest of the government-controlled zone by a narrow road. But this corridor is being squeezed by the Daesh/ISIS on the east and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra on the west. To win the battle for Aleppo, Assad will therefore need to cooperate with the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian franchise of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The PYD is eager to connect its cantons around Kobane and Afrin...
  • British diplomat summoned by Russia over 'missile' reports

    10/12/2015 3:10:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/12/15
    Russia summoned Britain's defence attache in Moscow to explain reports that RAF pilots had been authorised to shoot down Russian aircraft in the Middle East, the Foreign Office says. Newspapers said RAF Tornados in Iraq had been fitted with heat-seeking missiles designed for aerial combat. But the Ministry of Defence said there was "absolutely no truth" in this. The Foreign Office said concern about Russian military action in Syria had been reiterated by the attache. Prime Minister David Cameron has previously said Russian military intervention in Syria is helping only to support "the butcher", President Bashar al-Assad. He has also...
  • Russia demands UK explanation on ‘authorization to shoot down Russian jets’

    10/11/2015 9:38:08 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    Russia has demanded an explanation from the UK about media reports that British pilots have been given the permission to attack Russian jets in Iraq. “Today, the military attaché at the British Embassy in Moscow was summoned to the Russian Defense Ministry,” the Russian Defense Ministry press service said in a statement on Sunday. “He was handed a note with a request to provide official explanations on information, published in the British media, citing high-ranking sources in the Defense Ministry of the country, on alleged directives to use weapons against Russian aircraft ‘in case of threat to their lives,’ received...
  • Furious Charity Pulls Calais Camp Funding After 'Migrants BURN Food and Clothes'

    10/11/2015 9:29:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, Oct 9, 2015 | Jaje Burman
    A CHARITY has stopped providing aid to the Calais 'jungle' because aid workers have concluded the majority of migrants in the camp do not need to be there.The Human Relief Foundation (HRF) has been giving aid to the migrant camp with the belief that its occupants are fleeing war-torn countries like Syria. However, the charity decided to pull the plug after its deputy chief executive Kassim Tokan recently paid a visit to Calais. The shocked deputy claimed he discovered unwanted clothing and food "being dumped and burnt" by migrants. Mr Tokan said: "I thought they have valid reason, but...
  • France Won't 'Spare Effort' to End Violence in Israel

    10/11/2015 2:57:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/15
    France on Sunday called escalating violence in Israel and Palestinian-controlled territories "extremely worrying and dangerous." The office of President Francois Hollande said "everything must be done to calm the situation and end this cycle (of violence) which has already caused too many victims." In response to rocket fire on Israel Saturday night, the Israeli Air Force launched airstrikes against two Hamas weapons manufacturing sites in Gaza. A pregnant woman and two-year-old daughter were killed in the strike. Early on Sunday morning, an Arab woman from Jaffa attempted a suicide bombing near Ma'ale Adumim east of Jerusalem, lightly injuring one policeman...
  • Jewish Home MK: Shoot Terrorists in the Head

    10/11/2015 2:51:12 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/10/15 | Cynthia Blank
    MK Yinon Magal (Jewish Home) blasted on Sunday Israeli security forces' slow response to a terrorist in Afula, blaming it on the "[left-wing] ideology" the media "has represented for decades." "We've lost our basic instinct," a distraught Magal announced on Channel 10's Orly and Guy morning show after watching the clip of police officers arguing with and eventually shooting a knife-wielding terrorist in Afula's Central Bus Station. "Some ten officers are standing there, moving backward and forward, dropping cartridges, one with a popsicle...What is this joke?" Magal charged. "A person threatening with a knife should be shot in the head....
  • RAF Tornados armed and dangerous: Tensions between Russia and UK escalate

    10/11/2015 12:29:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 59 replies
    DAILY STAR SUNDAY ^ | 11th October 2015 | John Ward
    British and Nato pilots have been told to take the drastic action if they are fired on by Vladimir Putin’s air force during missions over Iraq. The move comes after British ministers warned Russia had made the situation in the Middle East “much more dangerous”. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation with Russian jets.
  • Moscow Demands Britain Explain "Green Light To Shoot Down Russian Jets"

    10/11/2015 11:13:16 AM PDT · by amorphous · 125 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    The chances of escalation from a proxy war to outright war just went to 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of sabre-rattling. A day after British and NATO pilots were reportedly given the green light to take drastic action against Russian fighter jets if they come under threat during missions over Iraq, Interfax reports that the Russian Defense Ministry has demanded clarification. Senior defence sources say it is just a matter of time before our fighters are involved in a deadly confrontation with Russian jets. The Chinese, it appears, are wholeheartedly behind Putin's efforts, judging by the following puff-piece from...
  • Diversity officer who once allegedly tweeted 'kill all white men' summoned to court

    10/11/2015 9:22:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Express ^ | Tue, Oct 6, 2015 | Levi Winchester
    A STUDENT union diversity officer who once is claimed to have tweeted with the hashtag 'kill all white men' will appear in court accused of sending a racially motivated malicious communication.Bahar Mustafa, 28, student union Welfare and Diversity Officer at Goldsmiths University in London, sparked outrage earlier this year when she appeared to ban all men and white people from attending an equality event which she organised. The public outcry resulted in almost 21,000 people signing a petition for her to be removed from her post, having claimed that she "encouraged or expressed hatred" based on "race, gender, or social...
  • RAF Given Green Light To Shoot Down Hostile Russian Jets In Syria

    10/11/2015 9:01:46 AM PDT · by Strategy · 78 replies
    IBT ^ | October 11, 2015 | By Romil Patel
    As relations between the West and Russia steadily deteriorate, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now "one step closer" to being at war. RAF Tornada pilots have been instructed to avoid contact with Russian aircraft while engaged in missions for Operation Shader - the codename for the RAF's anti-Isis work in Iraq and Syria. But their aircraft have been armed with air-to-air missiles and the pilots...
  • NHS faces biggest financial crisis 'in a generation'

    10/10/2015 11:00:20 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 15 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 9/10/15 | Laura Donnelly
    NHS trusts in England have racked up a deficit approaching £1 billion in the first three months of the financial year - the worst financial position "in a generation," regulators have said. The figure is more than the £820 million overspend for the entire previous year. They said the “staggering” figures would result in widespread cutbacks to services, with lengthening waiting times and increased rationing of care.
  • No place left to die on Greece's Lesbos for refugees lost at sea

    10/10/2015 11:14:26 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08 October 2015 | Karolina Tagaris
    Buried beneath low mounds of earth, facing Mecca, lay Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees who drowned this summer in the Aegean Sea trying to reach Europe in flimsy inflatable boats. Scanning the area, Christos Mavrakidis, a somber, hardened man who looks after one of the main cemeteries on Greece's Lesbos island, listed the years of other deaths: "2013, 2014, 2015." Now there is no room left in the narrow plot of land in the pauper's section of St. Panteleimon cemetery, close to where the colonnaded tombs of wealthy Greeks are built in the classical Greek style, and flowers adorn lavish...
  • Checkmate: Obama's Syrian Disaster

    10/10/2015 11:39:17 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10 Oct 15 | Joseph V. Micallef
    The Syrian Civil War is entering a third and potentially very dangerous phase in its continuing evolution. It began as a purely domestic crisis, became steadily internationalized as other countries intervened, and it now risks becoming a full blown Russian-American cold war proxy conflict. This is a conflict that could turn hot very quickly given the proximity of American and Russian military forces in the same theater of operations. The civil war started as an Arab Spring sparked revolt by elements in the Syrian military, under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, against the Assad government. There has been...
  • Putin Crushes BBC Smartass - Must Watch, much more than this...

    10/10/2015 11:14:50 AM PDT · by 100American · 85 replies
    From comments to video "Putin has stepped in to put everyone in their place. To maintain Assad in power in Syria, remove the US sphere of influence in ME and Ukraine and to stop the US Israel alliance's plan to destroy ME nations and send millions of refugees into Europe. Putin is so smart and so smooth. He is stopping the one world order boys in their tracks."
  • $2 gas will be back after Iran nuclear deal

    07/31/2015 10:32:58 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 52 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 14 2015 | Chris Isidore
    U.S. drivers can look forward to $2 gas later this year, thanks in part to the Iran nuclear deal announced Tuesday. Gas may only dip a few cents when the Iranian oil first starts to flow again, but by September drivers could see big savings. "Once we get past Labor Day, we should see gas falling by 10 to 15 cents a month," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst with the Oil Price Information Service. "By December a lot of places are going to see gasoline at $2 or less." Iran hasn't been able to sell oil to the United...
  • Turkey’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China

    10/05/2015 4:19:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | April 13, 2015
    April 13, 2015, Monday TurkeyÂ’s Islamists betrayed Uyghurs, damaged ties with China Turkey's relations with China that were upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2010 were dealt a significant blow a year later when increasingly assertive political Islamists in the Turkish government started playing a game of proxies with the Uyghurs of Chinese nationality as part of their short-sighted vision of a regime change in their southern neighbor, Syria. This sudden turn of policy with respect to China's Xinjiang region, shaped at the highest level of the government with chief Islamist Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan setting the bar, has been a...
  • Will The Discovery Of Huge Amounts Of Oil In Israel Lead To War In The Middle East?

    10/10/2015 11:14:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 10/10/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Billions of barrels of oil have been discovered in Israel, and this discovery could essentially make Israel energy independent for many decades to come. But there is just one problem. This discovery was made in the Golan Heights. If you are not familiar with the Golan Heights, it is an area that Israel took from Syria during the Six-Day War of 1967. The government of Israel considers the Golan Heights to now be part of Israeli territory, but the United Nations does not recognize Israel’s claim. Instead, the UN still recognizes Syrian sovereignty over that area. So now that massive...
  • U.S. Pulls Aircraft Carrier Central in Fight Against Islamic State From Persian Gulf

    10/09/2015 6:04:12 PM PDT · by lbryce · 72 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | October 9, 2015 | Morgan Chalifant
    The United States has pulled the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier that has been central in the fight against the Islamic State, from the Persian Gulf, military officials said Thursday. NBC News reported that the U.S. Navy now, for the first time since 2007, has no aircraft carrier in the sea. The aircraft carrier was taken out late Thursday so that it can undergo maintenance, but its temporary removal is also part of budget cuts. The nuclear-powered USS Theodore Roosevelt, which houses approximately 5,000 troops and 65 combat planes, has played a large role in the Obama administration bomb...
  • First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran

    10/08/2015 12:03:54 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 124 replies
    CNN ^ | October 8, 2015 | Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN)A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known.
  • China Joining Russia In Syria Brings Risks Of World War

    10/10/2015 6:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    IBD ^ | 10/10/2015
    American Decline: Chinese forces head to Syria to join with Russia in filling Obama's power vacuum and purportedly fight the Islamic State. A false move involving NATO member Turkey could mean world war. Russian and Chinese military sources now confirm that Chinese warships are en route to the Middle East to get in on some of the action of humiliating the U.S. In just a week and a half, Moscow has upended the dynamics of power in the Mideast by taking on the role that President Obama relinquished: acting like a superpower in a regional conflict that has implications extending...
  • Russian jet 'shot down by Turkish forces after planes violated country's airspace'

    10/10/2015 11:01:28 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/15 | Sam Tonkin
    Turkish forces are said to have shot down a Russian jet after it flew into the country's airspace, according to unconfirmed reports on social media. It has been claimed by eyewitnesses that there was a large explosion in Huraytan, northern Syria, while three fighter planes were seen overhead. Rumours of a jet being shot out of the sky come amid heightening tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and the West.
  • Leaked documents show Russia ordered Syria to shoot down Turkish jet

    10/09/2015 10:29:36 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Ekurd Daily ^ | 1.10.2012 | Yifa Yaakov and Times of Israel staff, The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    Russia told Assad to shoot down Turkish plane, murder captured pilots, ‘leaked Syrian documents’ show. Devastating intelligence papers purport to prove jet was downed on Moscow’s orders, pilots captured alive by intelligence unit and then killed; Damascus had claimed June incident was an accident October 1, 2012 DAMASCUS,— Contrary to previous reports, the two pilots of a Turkish F-4 Phantom which was shot down by Syria in June were not killed in the crash, but were murdered by the Assad regime on Russian orders, according to a devastating series of alleged Syrian intelligence documents leaked to and published by Al-Arabiya...
  • Russian jet SHOT DOWN by Turkey after it flew into their airspace, according to reports

    10/09/2015 8:27:32 PM PDT · by revivaljoe · 223 replies
    express ^ | Sat, Oct 10, 2015 | SCOTT CAMPBELL
    Russian jet SHOT DOWN by Turkey after it flew into their airspace, according to reports A RUSSIAN jet has been shot down by Turkish forces after it flew into the country's airspace, according to as yet unconfirmed reports circulating on social media.
  • NATO to deploy troops in Turkey, Turkey to break gas contract with Russia

    10/09/2015 5:49:42 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies ^ | 08.10.2015
    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance was ready to deploy troops in Turkey. Meanwhile, Ankara threatened to terminate the natural gas contract with Russia. According to Stoltenberg, the NATO army may appear in Turkey to protect the country from threats coming from the south. The statement was made against the background of reports of violation of Turkish airspace by Russian fighter jets. According to Stoltenberg, NATO is ready to protect all of its allies, including Turkey, from any threats. He added that the Russian operation in Syria was a "cause for concern," Pravda.Ru reports. Turkey has accused...
  • Standard Chartered [Bank] 'to cut 1,000 senior jobs'

    10/10/2015 11:06:52 AM PDT · by Lorianne
    BBC News ^ | 09 October 2015
    Standard Chartered bank, a London-based lender that makes most of its profit in Asia, could cut up to 1,000 senior jobs, according to an internal memo sent to staff. The move from chief executive Bill Winters is meant to cut costs. The bank has grown very quickly since the financial crisis and some roles are now not needed, sources told the BBC. Standard Chartered said it had disclosed before "that there would be further personnel changes to come". "We have already acted to reduce management layers, and a result will have up to 25% fewer senior staff," the bank said...
  • Russia's Threat

    10/09/2015 12:44:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    When Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, he predicted that the occasion would be remembered as "the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth." Some seven years later, America is weaker, and the world is a far more dangerous place. President Obama did not end the war in Iraq. His precipitous withdrawal of American troops allowed the Islamic State group to take control of major cities and Iran to become the puppet master in Iraq. His decision to announce when the U.S. would...
  • Russia’s Giving ISIS An Air Force

    10/09/2015 4:23:45 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 85 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10.08.15 | Michael Weiss
    Putin’s air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, it’s giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Last June, the U.S. embassy in Damascus accused Bashar al-Assad’s air force of clearing a path for an ISIS advance on Syrian rebels in the Aleppo town of Azaz. “Reports indicate that the regime is making air strikes in support of [ISIS’s] advance on Aleppo, aiding extremists against Syrian population,” the embassy account tweeted, following up with a broader accusation: “We have long seen that the regime avoids [ISIS] lines, in complete contradiction to the regime’s claims to be fighting...
  • Russia’s New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syria—a staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in action—and that Putin’s missileers are now among the planet’s most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • WATCH: Farage mocks 'pipsqueak' France before UKIP leader takes aim at German refugee plan

    10/08/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by stevio · 12 replies
    Express ^ | Oct 8, 2015 | By Greg Heffer
    Nigel Farage Rocks! Listen to him give it to Merkel and Hollande sitting right in front of him. Here
  • It Took Me Two Hours to Get my Hands on an AK-47. Welcome to America

    10/08/2015 10:05:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    The Guardian ^ | guns In the United States, guns are not hard to find, even illegal ones. Photograph: PATRICK BAZ/AF | Eric Rodriguez
    It’s not hard to get your hands on illegal guns and rifles in America. It took me about two hours. I called a guy from the old neighborhood in LA, said something about a “piece”, and, hours later, I was staring at an AK-47 and an illegally modified AR-15, which were sitting on a kitchen table. Welcome to America. Admittedly, he was surprised at my interest in being strapped since it’s been a good minute since I was about the life, but when I explained I was simply curious to see how long it’d take for me to get a...
  • How to Roll Back Russia

    10/08/2015 1:22:17 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 108 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7 Oct 15 | Max Boot
    28 Shares A Every day seems to bring an escalation of the Russian military involvement in Syria. First it was airstrikes from more than 30 warplanes that Russia has positioned in Syria. Now it’s cruise missile strikes from warships in the Caspian Sea. Soon, if hints from Moscow are to be believed, Russian “volunteers” — a.k.a. “Little Green Men” — will be showing up in Syria to engage in ground combat alongside Iranian and Assad forces. President Obama can pretend that this is no big deal and that Russia is getting sucked into a quagmire, but this is a serious...
  • Beware Putin and His 'Anti-Hitler Coalition'

    10/08/2015 3:58:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | October 8, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to "help" monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 -- and soon abandoned.</p>